Wednesday, 22 June 2011

BBC Radio 1Xtra Summer Soundclash Review

Saturday 18th June marked that time of the year when the annual 1Xtra Sound clash was set to return. This year, it all took place down at Troxy in East London where the reigning champions Ace and Vis set out to defend their title.

With that being said, the first clash of the night was in fact the clash of the Angry Birdz. Being 1xtra’s only two female DJ’s Sarah Jane Crawford and Gemma Cairney competed to see who the Angriest Bird on 1xtra really was! Their clash consisted of 3 rounds and despite both putting forth perfectly compatible tracks which were all equally appropriate to each specified round, it has to be said that Sarah Jane Crawford had that extra edge by compiling mini mixes and even dropping jingles in to her track selections. Overall, they both had the crowd interacting and definitely represented for the ladies!

Thanks to the ladies and the DJ who provided us with quite a versatile selection during the intervals, the crowd were well and truly ready for the main clash of the night. With Charlie Sloth and Vernon Kay leading the Yellow Team, Target leading the Red Team and the reigning champions Ace and Vis leading the Blue Team, we were in for a real treat. As MistaJam took over on the decks and Twin B, the host of the night, shone with his crystal microphone, it was evident that the main clash was ready to begin. Despite there being a number of rounds in the clash which were all equally very entertaining, for me there were two that really stood out...

The first one was of course the ‘Dirty Wine’ round! Within just three minutes, my eyes had seen more than they had bargained for when “the sexiest fat guy on the planet” took to the middle of stage and bared all! If you still don’t know who the “sexiest fat guy on the planet” is, check out the clip below from the night where he bares all and reveals himself...

The second round that really stood out for me was the Dubplate round where we saw who had the strongest phonebook in terms of artists. With performances from the amazing songstress Shola Ama, Sway, the widely accredited Roll Deep who sent the crowd wild, there are just too many to mention! However I would definitely say that the Blue Team seemed to have the strongest contacts on the night. Surely by bringing out Donaeo who performed a few of his club bangers, and finishing off their contribution to that round with none other than Boy Better Know, the Blue Team had that round in the bag! Being the only team who actually had their acts performing dubplates, they really did deserve to win that round because strictly speaking, they were the only team that stuck to the specifications of that particular round.

Now at times, it has to be said that the voting system seemed to be biased in favour of the Yellow Team. With the volume meter reaching the very top for the yellow team on one occasion, you cannot blame one for coming to this conclusion. Regardless of this, there is no time for excuses when it comes to a soundclash so the Yellow team did go on to take the title of BBC 1Xtra’s 2011 Summer Soundclash Champions! Although some may argue that they didn’t even deserve to make the final stages of the clash, and should have been eliminated instead of the Red Team, they did put forth some very strong tracks. The one that sticks to mind is Bob Marley’s ‘No Woman No Cry,’ which did damage inside of Troxy, and consequently meant that the tracks which the Red and Blue team had already put forth were almost irrelevant!

Overall, I had an amazing Saturday night down at the BBC Radio 1Xtra Summer Soundclash which was a well and truly priceless event. The performances on the night from the likes of Chipmunk, Roll Deep and Boy Better Know really topped it all off, and this is an event which I would definitely attend in the future! Remember that this was my take on the evening and whilst I have incorporated some of the clips from the BBC 1Xtra website, there is more information, photos and videos from the night on there!

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